'Cancer patients should not have to pay to park'

Re: Car parking charges for cancer patients at Royal Preston Hospital.

Friday, 25th January 2019, 3:56 pm
Updated Friday, 25th January 2019, 5:00 pm
Cancer patients have to pay for parking at Royal Preston Hospital. See letter

I am horrified to discover that parking charges have been imposed upon cancer patients at this site. Beforehand a parking permit was issued, covering the expected duration of treatment.

As a cancer patient who has had 37 daily treatments myself, I can confirm how distressing both the condition and the treatments are. Anything which can ease the trauma is essential for the well-being of the patient.

I understand that the £2.50 concession must be applied for on each occasion at an office which is some very considerable walk from the Rosemere Cancer Unit at Preston.

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I am sure that even the least aware individual might realise that many patients suffering from cancer are going to be incapable of walking such a distance. Furthermore to insist that a carer leaves such a vulnerable patient unattended for a considerable time, each and every treatment session, would be to leave them at increased risk of harm.

The daily concession procedure itself introduces a further level of bureaucracy which itself will have a financial implication.

I consider this situation to be wholly unacceptable.

I must also take exception to the following clause: “Each family visitor separately attending on a gravely ill relative will be eligible to apply for a concession at a cost of £2.50 per day.” How completely heartless.

John McKenzie


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Who would vote again for this shower of self-serving, third-raters? The danger is we have no idea just who will step into the political vacuum.

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